西墙电梯项目

耶路撒冷的西墙也被称为Kotel,它是犹太人最神圣的祈祷之地,是一个可以追溯到第二圣殿时期的遗迹。几个世纪以来,犹太人一直渴望在Kotel祈祷。

To get to the Western Wall today from the Jewish Quarter requires a fair bit of walking and descending about 140 stairs.  In order to make the Kotel accessible to all, the government of Israel has invested in a $14 million dollar operation to build an elevator and an underground passageway that will lead from the “Misgav Ladakh” street in the Jewish quarter directly to the Kotel. The plan includes the construction of a 33-meter (108 feet) elevator shaft that will connect to a 65-meter (210 feet) pedestrian tunnel.  The tunnel exit will lead to the current day Western Wall security checkpoint.

电梯有望大幅增加进入西墙的人数,让老年人和残疾人更容易、更安全地到达圣地。XNUMX年提出该项目的住房和建设部长约阿夫·加兰特(Yoav Galant)表示,“犹太人的价值观始于西墙——那是犹太人的核心。当有人试图破坏以色列主权以及西墙与犹太人的联系时,我和我的同事自豪地领导了使所有犹太人能够顺利进入这一神圣场所的进程,包括为老年人和残疾人提供保障。”

电梯到科特尔
礼貌:耶路撒冷旧城犹太区重建与发展公司。

The project began just over two years ago in 2017.  When the digging started, archeologists discovered an ancient aqueduct that led water to the Holy Temple.  The aqueduct originates 21 kilometers (13 miles) away in Al-Arroub.  It was constructed 2000 years ago in a momentous engineering feat that supplied water to Jerusalem.

通往圣殿的渡槽
2000岁的渡槽让水流向圣殿。 礼貌:耶路撒冷旧城犹太区重建与发展公司。

It is estimated that the elevator will be completed by 2023.  By all accounts, it is an impressive milestone that will bring the Western Wall closer to all who want to visit it.